OMG!!!! As everybody knows, Nordstrom opened today at the Rideau Centre in Ottawa.  Huge crowds, major hyped up vibe … definitely a NYC feel to the store and there is no way you couldn’t say WOW!

I wish them all the luck in the world but …. can Ottawa really make this work?  I agree … as many of the enthusiastic sales girls explained … there is something for everyone.  My daughter got a great pair of stylish sunglasses for $14 that she found in one of the fashion departments as an accessory.  I did manage to see a few items around the $50 mark in the department that seemed to cater to the younger generation … but …. what was so enthralling was to see real designer fashion, the stuff you see in magazines and on TV!  I fell in love with a pair of  Escada floral shorts … only $1039.34 … about a months worth of groceries for a family of 4.  Eileen Fisher, Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Donna Karan … ohhhh I am swooning!

Stella McCartney Skinny Jeans only $385 … pair it up with a white logo tee $358!  And how about Haute Hippie (I think I saw them in NYC) nice dress and a steal at $1693.01.  I guess the definition of hippie has come a long way … baby!

Don’t get me wrong, the touch, feel and look of designer fashion is a sensory experience and I love that we can at least have a little insight into the world of the rich and famous right here in little old Ottawa.  Discovering new brands like Alice & Olivia and Akris was fun … not to mention the fabulous shoe department and handbags too!  The first purse I picked up was $1, 800.00 … I have to say I was shocked or maybe I am just sheltered?

All I know is it is no wonder the Gwyneth Paltrows of the world always look so awesome in the simplest ensembles … you would look good too in a $500 pair of ripped jeans and a $1,000 slouchy top.  That s..t is nice!

Highly recommended as entertainment … see Nordstrom Ottawa and live the dream!